Published on April 25 2006

Accent: Yah, remember that movie "Fargo"? That's me. Without the chipper. Or the goofy earflap hat. Booze: When I want to fall down--Black Russians. When I want the ability to get out of bed the next morning--a nice Merlot. Chore I hate: Cleaning the catbox. Good thing it's not my cat. Dog or cat: Tiger, the cat who thinks he's a dog. Essential electronics: Laptop. :-D and yeah, I'm one of those iPod people, too. Love my audiobooks! Favorite fragrance: Obsession. Soooo 80's, that Calvin Klein guy, heh. Lately, I've been on an "Amaretto" from Bath&BodyWorks kick, though. Gold or silver: Silver. Matches my hair better. ;-) Hometown: Meaning what? Where you were born? somewhere in Iowa. I think. Insomnia: Not a chance. I'm usually so tired I can't sit down without falling asleep. Job Title: The Goddess of Paper. Siblings: Yup, but younger and MUCH taller Kids: Yup. Younger, and MUCH shorter. Living arrangement: Steerage on the Titanic Most admired trait: My completely unflappable calm in the face of chaos. (Put your feet up, it's getting deep here.) Sexual partners?: Yes, I prefer partners. /:-) Overnight hospital stays: Tonsils at 10; actually there were several stays involved with that before the rotten things were finally removed. And two childbirths, for a day or so each. Phobia: Heights. No, that's not quite right--it's not the heights that scare me, it's the falling. Quote: "Are you going to come quietly, or do I have to use earplugs?" -- Spike Milligan Religion: MYOB, lol Time I wake up: after the third cuppa Java. Unusual talent or skill: The ability to trip over completely non-existant cracks in sidewalks. And recover gracefully. Vegetable I refuse to eat: CANNED peas or asparagus. Mushy, disgusting tastelessssssss stuff. Gag. "FRESH", on the other hand.............mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Nothing better. Worst habit: doing these stupid memes when they get passed on to me X-rays: huh? Yummy foods I make: I am known as the "world's greatest cook". For my culinary skills, too. :-P Zodiac sign: Libra, Baby. Always unbalanced.

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Published on April 20 2006

Phony doctor gives free breast exams - Yahoo! News
MIAMI (Reuters) - A 76-year-old man claiming to be a doctor went door-to-door in a Florida neighborhood offering free breast exams, and was charged with sexually assaulting two women who accepted the offer, police said on Thursday. One woman became suspicious after the man asked her to remove all her clothes and began conducting a purported genital exam without donning rubber gloves, investigators said.
Gee, I wonder what exactly made her suspicious??????? Was it the lack of rubber gloves, or was she clued in when she noticed that the speculum wasn't ice-cold?? Okay, okay, we're heading into the WAAAY too much information area here....

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Published on April 19 2006

One Down: World Awaits Pitt, Jolie's Baby - Yahoo! News
On Tuesday, Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise — aka TomKat — welcomed into the world their first child together, a daughter named Suri. The name has its origins in Hebrew meaning "princess" or in Persian meaning "red rose," according to Cruise's publicist. Meanwhile, Jolie is nearing the end of her pregnancy as she and Pitt lay low in the southwest African country of Namibia. Us Weekly readers and genealogists alike crouch with bated breath for the coming of what could be the human race's most beautiful spawn.
I'm trying really, really hard to get excited about all this. ...... Update, thirty seconds later: Still not workin'.

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Published on April 19 2006

I really need to quit reading testbooks and get back to something a little more FUN! Ah well, another month will find me finished with the semester. :D Kate O'Beirne on To Hell With All That: Loving and Loathing Our Inner Housewives
Uncomfortable truths are her specialty. The fact that the women movement's achievements — predicated on freeing women from housework and child care — "have been bought at the expense of poor women, often of poor brown-skinned women, is a bitter irony that very few feminists will discuss directly, other than to murmur something vague about 'universal day care' and then, on reflex, blame the Republicans." Her own experiences with just such a poor woman are affectionately and emotionally related. "That I knew my boys would love her is why I hired her. That they did was unnerving me to the core," she writes.

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Published on April 18 2006

Tree Sweater Thanks to my #1 for ALL her amazing ideas about what her mother should be doing!! :-P

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Published on April 18 2006

Facing Down Iran by Mark Steyn, City Journal Spring 2006
What’s the difference between a hothead and a moderate? Well, the extremist Ahmadinejad has called for Israel to be “wiped off the map,” while the moderate Rafsanjani has declared that Israel is “the most hideous occurrence in history,” which the Muslim world “will vomit out from its midst” in one blast, because “a single atomic bomb has the power to completely destroy Israel, while an Israeli counter-strike can only cause partial damage to the Islamic world.” Evidently wiping Israel off the map seems to be one of those rare points of bipartisan consensus in Tehran, the Iranian equivalent of a prescription drug plan for seniors: we’re just arguing over the details. So the question is: Will they do it? And the minute you have to ask, you know the answer. If, say, Norway or Ireland acquired nuclear weapons, we might regret the “proliferation,” but we wouldn’t have to contemplate mushroom clouds over neighboring states. In that sense, the civilized world has already lost: to enter into negotiations with a jurisdiction headed by a Holocaust-denying millenarian nut job is, in itself, an act of profound weakness—the first concession, regardless of what weaselly settlement might eventually emerge.
And it seems like only yesterday I was practicing my best elementary school "hide-under-the-desk-in-case-of-nuclear-attack" pose. It's been a long time since we worried, REALLY worried, about "the bomb". And now those ranting student kidnappers from 1979 are about to create one. I wonder when the peace people will get out and protest nuke proliferation again. If? And then, this:
Bush said in Washington he would discuss Iran's nuclear activities with China's President Hu Jintao this week and avoided ruling out nuclear retaliation if diplomatic efforts fail. Asked if options included planning for a nuclear strike, Bush replied: "All options are on the table. We want to solve this issue diplomatically and we're working hard to do so." The United States, which accuses Iran of seeking atom bombs, was expected to push for targeted sanctions against Tehran when it met the U.N. Security Council's other permanent members -- Britain, France, China and Russia -- plus Germany in Moscow.
Any guesses as to who will stand with us on this issue?

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Published on April 17 2006

Wis. Court Mulls Usage of Victim's Letter - Yahoo! News
MILWAUKEE - About two weeks before her death, Julie C. Jensen went to a neighbor, shaking and crying, and handed over a sealed envelope. If anything happened to her, she said, he should give it to police. She wrote that she felt her husband never forgave her for a brief affair she had seven years earlier, and that she had seen him visit Internet sites about poisoning. "I pray I'm wrong + nothing happens ... but I am suspicious of Mark's suspicious behaviors + fear for my demise," the 40-year-old woman allegedly wrote in the letter dated Nov. 21, 1998. More than seven years after the southern Wisconsin woman died from poisoning, the state Supreme Court is considering whether to allow her statements as evidence in her husband's murder trial. In addition to the letter she gave to the neighbor, Julie Jensen allegedly told her son's teacher that she had found a suspicious list of drugs and syringes her husband wanted to buy and feared her husband planned to poison her. She also left voice mails for police and told them in person of the lists, and warned them if she died, her husband was responsible, court records said. After her death, the neighbor gave the envelope to police. Julie Jensen had included photographs of some of the suspicious lists and wrote she would never take her own life because of her love for her children. Mark Jensen was later ordered to stand trial. But in March 2004, the U.S. Supreme Court overruled a 1980 case that laid out complex rules for when statements can be used without the opportunity for cross-examination. The court said the case complicated a fairly straightforward part of the Constitution, which guarantees a criminal defendant the right to confront his accusers.
Let's see, the woman left a sealed envelope to be opened in case of her death. The article doesn't say, but I imagine handwriting tests were done to make sure it was hers. This woman also told her child's teacher that she feared her husband would poison her. She told the POLICE about it, for cryin' out loud! How loudly did she have to scream before somebody paid attention?

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Published on April 16 2006

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Published on April 15 2006

This is the neatest clock! Every minute of the day is represented by a photo depicting that time. I hate to say I could sit and watch the clock for hours, but.... The Human Clock™ - A Clock Photo for Every Minute of the Day
    -Flowerbeds that need raking call me. -Two quilts that need finishing. -Homework. Three weeks to go this semester, and we have been given the "Final" assignment for the Lit class. I'm trying to read the stories, and pick one out for the paper, but I just can't get excited over any of them. Thankfully, it looks like I'll get my vacation the first week of May, so maybe if things go smoothly here, I'll get a chance to really apply some thought to the final. (fingers crossed) -Taxes. (Yeah, I'm one of those last minute people, since it looks like I have to pay in to the state. THAT check gets mailed at 11:59 tomorrow night.) -Need to get my miles in today. Amazing how out-of-shape I got over the winter, even with the trips to the gym. -Homework.
I guess it's just a little reminder that "life is short". On the other hand, when I look at something like this, I think maybe my load isn't quite so bad. I especially liked the ad for a "Part-time dental hygenist-attractive". Guess that lets me out!! Homely dental hygenists need not apply!! :-)) The clock is still neat, though. :-

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Published on April 15 2006

With summer approaching fast, this is something that should be on every kid's wishlist. Somebody probably made a fortune off this idea!

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